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Pumpkin
(2002)
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Composed and Produced by:

Conducted by:
Damon Intrabartolo
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Citadel Records
(December, 2002)
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Limited U.S. release, available only through soundtrack specialty outlets.
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Buy it... if you are an avid collector of John Ottman's obscure works and enjoyed the intimate quirkiness of his rejected score for Cruel Intentions.

Avoid it... if you prefer Ottman's meaty and gothic compositions for larger orchestral ensembles.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #702
WRITTEN 6/16/03, REVISED 2/23/09
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Pumpkin: (John Ottman) This little know film of 2002 is a character-driven drama about the societal and personal problems which arise when a typical sorority girl in college falls in love with a mentally retarded male student (and vice versa). The awkward situation in Pumpkin is played out on a campus stage that is saturated with peer criticism, and the two characters work to resolve their doubts about whether or not their affection towards one another is culturally acceptable. The film is light years away from the topic of Cruel Intentions, but the projects overlapped in their expression of what composer John Ottman calls "wrong love," for which he was required to score scenes with a romantic, yet a slightly twisted emotional element. The directors of Pumpkin requested a score that was "musically off," mostly due to the development of the problematic relationship, and this request proved to be something of a challenge for Ottman. It is hard to imagine what the composer's mental state must have been between the summer of 2001 and early 2002. He was finally in extremely high demand in the industry, scoring six projects during that span of time, and one of the lesser known of these assignments was the odd and obscure Pumpkin. Collectors of the composer's works were noting at the time that his works fit their films like a tight glove, likely because Ottman made a habit of always paying extra close attention to how the music could be mixed in the film (given his editing and directing experience). Add to the equation an extremely limited budget and a delivery of a score for Pumpkin with about three weeks to spare, and the project became one of midnight oil for Ottman. Utilizing the best that the constrained budget would allow, Ottman hired almost two dozen string and woodwind performers, along with a solo voice and pianist. Luckily, he had also just redesigned his studio to offer a better array of the synthetic elements that listeners of his works will recognize as a crucial part of his creative repertoire. The finished product resembles Ottman's rejected music for Cruel Intentions to an extent, which is to be expected, but without the blatantly seductive elements.



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252 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.91 Stars
***** 46 5 Stars
**** 45 4 Stars
*** 55 3 Stars
** 53 2 Stars
* 53 1 Stars
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Track Star Song by Belle & Sebastian   Expand >>
Eileen Hogan - April 14, 2007, at 2:22 p.m.
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If you go away
Amber - July 22, 2005, at 7:35 a.m.
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The song "if you go away,. like i know you must...."   Expand >>
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Carlos - January 19, 2005, at 2:05 p.m.
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Thanks Much for "Falling From Grace"
David - December 21, 2004, at 12:25 a.m.
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song when pumpkin is running
Ray - November 26, 2004, at 12:47 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 46:38
• 1. Lofty Goals* (3:08)
• 2. Pumpkin (2:01)
• 3. Outcasts (2:20)
• 4. Separation (4:16)
• 5. First Day* (3:51)
• 6. I'm in Love (2:05)
• 7. Bad World* (1:25)
• 8. A First Step (2:08)
• 9. To Class* (1:16)
• 10. Torn Souls* (4:24)
• 11. I'm Not Retarded (2:52)
• 12. Goodbye, Cruel World (2:27)
• 13. Friends and Family (4:42)
• 14. Destiny (3:48)
• 15. Carolyn's Poem* (2:32)
• 16. Lofty Goals Reprise (2:16)
* contains "Sisters of Alpha Omega Pi," written by Robert Hackl, Ken Stange, and Adam Larson Broder

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes a note from John Ottman about the score and film.
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